In 1987, Houston was still very much a fresh-faced siren with the crystal-clear voice and a world of possibilities at her feet. Her approach to this song – which, when you break it down, is more about loneliness than love – says a lot about her ability to radiate warmth and positivity through her singular sound. It's miles away from the struggles the singer would face later in her career. Always a party starter and roof-igniting karaoke jam, the song become a bittersweet rallying cry in the years since her death, still urging every last wallflower on to the dance floor.
How does one define the ’80s? That's the big question. There are plenty of songs from the ’80s, but what constitues an ’80s song is something quite particular. This was the golden era of some of our most beloved stars, even in 2023, from Madonna to Prince, characterised by big hair, scrunchies, and weirdly big shoulder pads.
And the music? Well, it's utterly timeless. In our list of the best ’80s songs ever, we've got Marvin Gaye and Paul Simon alongside New Wave artists like the Talking Heads, as well as NWA and Biz Markie. This was a golden time era for music, and let's never forget it. Here are the best ’80s songs ever recorded.
Contributors: Andrzej Lukowski, Andy Kryza, Georgia Evans, Ed Cunningham, James Manning.